More than meets the eyeRich Stigall
Tate Williams, our Director of Operations in Haiti, recently wrote a report about construction materials. He evaluated a number of options across various factors like earthquake resistance, availability, and install-ability. His final recommendation: we will continue to use the traditional, Haitian concrete block construction materials, but we will modify the engineering to make them stronger. The homes will look basically the same, but the reality is they are better prepared for the storms.
To many, Haiti looks the same. Poverty abounds. Corruption concerns remain. Illiteracy and unemployment rates are still painfully high, but for those with eyes to “see,” there’s more. Pastor Moise Vaval, who has been praying for spiritual revival in Haiti for years, is convinced revival has begun! This year hundreds of people have been saved in his church alone. The Spirit of God fills their worship. Nationwide, the numbers we know take new followers of Jesus well into the tens of thousands….and certainly there’s more there than meets the eye .
And, yes, there is more than meets the eye with the children. Their diet, living accommodations, and formal education are all basic and somewhat simple, when viewed through an American lens. Yet, for those with an eye to see, these children have resiliency and hope that defies their circumstances. Similar to the new buildings in Haiti, we invite you to consider that there is more to caring for orphans than meets the eye, and we ask the Lord to give us eyes to “see” as well!